The American states of Arizona had sponsored buffalo hunts since 1926, but the controversy over the methods used still continues.
GV Hunters shoot at two buffalo
GV Hunters with guns walk towards truck
LV PAN Hunters on horseback chase buffalo
MV Hunter on horse looking
LV Buffalo being shot
CU Dead buffalo (3 shots)
MV Buffalo pout on truck and driven away (2 shots)
SCU Skinning of buffalo (2 shots)
CU TILT UP Buffalo meat
CU & GV PAN Buffalo head on truck (2 shots)
Initials BB/1715 GM/PN/BB/1725
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Background: The American states of Arizona had sponsored buffalo hunts since 1926, but the controversy over the methods used still continues.
Arizona says the hunts are necessary to thin out herds and to keep them at manageable levels. Animal welfare organisations don't dispute this, but object strongly to the way the killing is done. The buffalo to be shot are herded to within 50 yards (metres) of the hunters before they're cut down. Two thousand six hundred buffalo have been killed since the control programme began.
Animal welfare authorities call the killing unsportsmanlike, and inhumane. The State authorities argue that it's the only way that the killing can be controlled and is humans, as well as enjoyable for the hunter.
Nearly all of the buffalo killed are young animals--one or two years ???. This is the age at which buffalo breed.
As for the carcasses--buffalo steak is considered by many to be a delicacy, but most of the hunters are reported to be after the heads as trophies. A taxidermist is in the area, and for 150 dollars (GBP60 Sterling), he'll mount the trophy.
SYNOPSIS: This is a buffalo hunt in the American state of Arizona--where sponsored hunts like this have been organised since 1926, reportedly to keep herds at manageable levels.
The trouble is, say animal welfare organisations, it's not really a hunt. The buffalo are herded to within fifty yards of the hunters--and not always killed with the first shot.
Animal welfare officials call the killings inhumane and unsportsmanlike. Arizonans say it's the only way the killing can be humane, as well as enjoyable for the hunter. Since the programme began, two-thousand-six-hundred buffalo have been culled from herds. Nearly all of them have been young animals--one or two-years-old. This is the age at which buffalo breed.
As for the carcasses--buffalo steak is considered by many to a delicacy, but most of the hunters are reported to be after the heads as trophies. To accommodate them, a taxidermist is at the hunting grounds to mount the trophies, at around one-hundred-and-fifty dollars a head.